Hot August Nights Entertainment

Classic Car Pinstripe


Hot August Nights is celebrating 32 years of tradition with musical legends headlining the week-long festival dedicated to classic cars and rock n’ roll. Attendees can kick-off their blue suede shoes and enjoy an array of free, live entertainment from Aug. 7–12, 2018 at outdoor venues throughout the Reno-Sparks area.

This year, make sure you’ve got great seats for the Hot August Nights festivities and entertainment. The Garage, a preferred seating experience, introduces a brand-new way to experience Hot August Nights entertainment at the Grand Sierra Resort. This 21+ area will allow you to enjoy complimentary drinks in comfort and style. Day passes range from $50 to $75 and all week passes are $300. Purchase your entrance by visiting the Hot August Nights office located at 1425 E. Greg Street in Sparks, Nev. or by calling the office at 775-356-1956 x0.

Starting off the Hot August Nights entertainment series on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (GSR) outdoor stage, actor and performer  Jay White – AMERICA’S DIAMOND, pays homage to the famous singer-songwriter of the global hit songs “Sweet Caroline” and “Hot August Night.” On Wednesday, Aug. 8, the nostalgic sound of the Eagles is performed by Hotel California A Salute to the Eagles.

On Thursday, Aug. 9 at the GSR, audience members won’t be able to help singing along and cheering as legendary Eddie Money brings the heat with his classic-rock anthems and a surprise guest brings a high energy performance to center stage as they headline Friday, Aug. 10-to be announced at a later date.

Spotlighting funk, rhythm and blues, headliner Kool & the Gang will teach the crowd the real definition of “Celebration” as their iconic songs bring to life the groovy vibes of yesteryear taking the stage at GSR on Saturday, Aug. 11.

In downtown Sparks, attendees will be able to rock out and groove beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 8th with one of our favorite local bands and MICHAEL FURLONG’S “TRIBUTE TO TOM PETTY” on Thursday, Aug 9th. On Friday, Aug. 10 Greg Kihn Band consuls those with the iconic tune “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)” at Victorian Square. Concluding the weekend on Saturday, Aug. 11, Ambrosia plays the smooth sounding rock that made them an instant fan favorite throughout the 70s. Audience members will be able to enjoy their progressive sound and travel back in time at the downtown Sparks stage.

There is never a shortage of entertainment at Hot August Nights! You will also find free daily entertainment in downtown Reno while you watch the classics cruise on by or at one of our sponsor hotel casino’s, Atlantis and Peppermill. Check the event schedule page for a full list of events.

Free nightly entertainment will begin at 8:15 p.m.. Dates, times and locations are subject to change.

Tuesday August 7th



At Grand Sierra Resort

Wednesday August 8th

Hotel California A Salute to the Eagles


At Grand Sierra Resort


At Victorian Square

Thursday August 9th

Eddie Money

At Grand Sierra Resort


At Victorian Square

Friday August 10th


At Grand Sierra Resort

Greg Kihn Band

At Victorian Square

Saturday August 11th

Kool & the Gang

At Grand Sierra Resort


At Victorian Square